Another Update/Road Trippin’ Part 5

I normally try to do a devotional post on Mondays, but last week and this week, I’ve been more in the “update” mode.  Perhaps it’s because I haven’t written all these posts out ahead of time like I did previously this summer.  You may notice that this post isn’t coming out in the 9 o’clock hour, as I aim for my posts to normally do.  That’s because this has been a spur-of-the-moment week this week.  Incredibly spontaneous, it’s been a week juxtaposing “Be still” and “Go”.

[I feel so intelligent using that word, “juxtapose”! :)]

But really, I’ve discovered that “be still” and “go” are not contrasting concepts.

Just this past weekend has been a whirlwind of faith.  My friend mentioned to me that she had Saturday off, and I suggested we make the trip to go to Elevation Church in person.  We prayed, gathered more friends, and rented a car to make the trip, driving about 10 hours to go and come back in one day.  We ran through the Billy Graham library in Charlotte (because we only had 45 minutes and normally people spend up to 3 hours there) and then drove to the Ballantyne church campus.  The service and message were incredible, and afterwords we got to meet a lady who had driven from our area to go to church for the day also.  We soaked up our time there, had dinner and some wonderful conversation, and drove back.  We made it back around 1:30 am, and I knew that there was a meteor shower that was supposed to have peak visibility around 2am, so we unpacked our stuff and then went stargazing.  Basking in God’s word that evening and His creation in those early morning hours rendered us speechless.  He’s such a big God to have called us out in faith to make a trip that we didn’t know if it was going to work out until the last minute.  He’s such a big God to speak to us personally, where we are.  To connect us to people from home when we’re hours away.  To bring joy and laughter.  To glitter the night sky with stars that He knows by name.

I learned silence on that trip.  I learned joy.  I learned rest, peace, and humility.  I marveled at the wonder of the stars and that I was made by the same Designer.

He cares for me.  That same God! Who made the heavens and the earth, would care to call me out from where I am to draw me into who I am.

My spirit was stilled in that knowledge.  At rest.  Calm.  There was no flutter of worry, anxiety, or fear.  Just meditating on that knowledge that He holds me, He knows me, He names me, and He loves me.

It’s in that stillness that I go.

When my spirit is slowed to the rhythm of His heartbeat, my feet can go where He leads me.

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105

His words are a lamp to guide my feet.  Not my heart or my mind, no, His character does that.  His words guide where I go and illuminate my path.  That can seem redundant to say, but think about it: a lamp is a personal source of light, and that’s what’s guiding our feet.  Light is a broad thing that just goes where darkness is.  It illuminates and reveals.  First, His words are with our feet to guide us, but then it is also a light to reveal our path. It’s personal and it’s big.

“Go” has been a big theme for me this weekend.  It’s been on repeat, appearing across my devotionals as well as my social media:

(That’s just one example.  There were more!)

So last night and this morning as those themes have been heavy on my spirit, I’ve been asking God, “Where?”.  You said “go”, in what direction did You have in mind?

The answer I’ve been getting? It’s very similar to the one given to Abraham in Genesis 12:1 :

“The Lord has said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.'”

Go, and I’ll show you.

He’s not contradicting Himself; He reminded me of what He spoke to me a couple of months ago: Step, and your path will be illuminated.

So, I’m going.  I may be undignified, but I’m more than okay with that.

“One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit.” — Oswald Chambers

“Nothing can stand against the force of God moving through a soul completely in love with Him.” — Jennie Allen

I’ve noticed I came alive in this spontaneous, faith-filled days.  These days when I don’t know what I’m going to do next, and that makes me laugh.  I find I laugh even harder when God makes it all come together, because He does so in a way that I never saw coming, and it absolutely delights me.

He’s so good, y’all.  Not only is His character good, but He’s just so doggone good at being God, and I love Him for it.

I hope all this rambling was of some encouragement to you.  Mostly I was just using it to process my thoughts and prayers out. 🙂

Random note: In all of the things I learned this weekend, I also learned what to do when you splatter gasoline all over yourself.  In case you ever wondered, here’s what you do.


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